Disclaimer: I’m a Ford guy. I own a Ford, my first job out of college was at Ford. I met my wife there. Her family spent their careers there. My dad has had Fords for decades. You get the idea. So, I’m practically salivating over this sparkling new 2021 F150 PowerBoost Hybrid; in Platinum trim no less. I can’t pretend to need a pickup but the want is real. Even dyed-in-the-wool Chevy and Dodge folks have to hand it the Blue Oval on this latest iteration of their flagship vehicle. The styling is updated, there is a litany of clever new features and most importantly there’s that new motor.
As I noted, I don’t engage in any sort of regular activity that warrants me owning a full-size pickup but that doesn’t mean I don’t love the look of this new 2021 Ford F150 Hybrid inside and out. It’s big and bad with that massive aluminum and chromed-out grille, 20” rims and slab-sided lines. On this Platinum, the interior has been dressed up nicely with two-tone caramel-colored leather seats, contrasting stitching and aluminum trim throughout, and a huge 12” infotainment screen. I’ve noticed a trend in new vehicles where the infotainment screen is perched on the dashboard almost like an afterthought. I appreciate the way Ford integrated this so cleanly.
On the feature front, Ford stepped up their game. Sometimes car makers will roll out “new” features that strike me as gimmicky. How about a shift lever that folds flat to allow for a usable tabletop-like work surface in the center console? Not a gimmick. A legitimately useful feature. There’s an available built-in wireless charging pad located beneath the HVAC controls and under the rear seats, there is the option for lockable storage that runs the width of the truck. Out back, Ford makes the most of the substantial real estate of an open tailgate. The center section is flat and there is a ruler running along the top effectively giving you a mobile workbench.
Now, let’s talk about the PowerBoost Hybrid powerplant. Based on the already impressive 3.5L twin-turbo EcoBoost V6, this configuration puts out 430 horsepower and an eye-popping 570 pound-feet of torque. That’s more twist than the available diesel puts out not to mention the HO EcoBoost in the wild and wooly Raptor. Tied to Ford’s 10 speed automatic, this PowerBoost F150 can tow 12,700 pounds and go up to 700 miles on a tank of gas. Though probably not at the same time.
Interestingly, the 35-kilowatt electric motor system that Ford utilizes here is not all about increasing range like the word “hybrid” typically applies. While it does utilize regenerative braking energy capture, the main purpose of this hybrid system is to power what Ford calls “Pro Power Onboard.” Easily the most impressive new feature, it is a generator integrated into the bed that puts out a standard 2400 watts or an optional 7200 watts. With that 7.2 kW setup, you get a pair of 120V outlets and a 240V outlet that will provide juice for 32 hours on a full tank. Remember when charging your phone in the single USB jack would have you sweating over draining the battery? Now you can run your circular saw, air compressor, and floodlights to frame out a cabin. Or if you’re like me – a projector, popcorn machine, speakers and Star Wars.
Everybody knows somebody with a pickup truck. And that pickup owner surely knows the drill when it comes to their friends moving, towing and needing help with that which is big and heavy. So, getting a phone call asking to use the pickup for moving a refrigerator is nothing new. But with this new 2021 Ford F150 Hybrid with Powerboost, you might be getting a call to park in my backyard and perform drive-in movie theater duties for my kids. In exchange for candy and popcorn of course.
Since I didn’t drive this 2021 Ford F150 Hybrid, I couldn’t rank it. However, you can see where the other full-size trucks rank here.
Front-engine, rear- or rear/4-wheel drive, 5 or 6-passenger, 4-door pickup
*Early Start pricing from Ford
|CAB AND BED CONFIGURATION||5.5 Foot Bed||XL||XLT||Lariat||King Ranch||Platinum||Limited|
|6.5 Foot Bed||XL||XLT||Lariat||King Ranch||Platinum||Limited|
|8.0 Foot Bed||XL||XLT||Lariat||King Ranch||Platinum||Limited|
- DOHC, naturally aspirated 3.3 liter gasoline V6 – 290 hp, 265 lb-ft
- DOHC, naturally aspirated 5.0 liter gasoline V8 – 400 hp, 410 lb-ft
- DOHC, turbocharged 2.7 liter gasoline V6 – 325 hp, 400 lb-ft
- DOHC, turbocharged 3.5 liter gasoline V6 – 400 hp, 500 lb-ft
- DOHC, HO turbocharged 3.5 liter gasoline V6 – 450 hp, 510 lb-ft
- DOHC, hybrid turbocharged 3.5 liter gasoline V6 – 430 hp, 570 lb-ft
- DOHC, turbocharged 3.0 liter diesel V6 – 250 hp, 440 lb-ft
TOWING AND PAYLOAD
|ENGINE CONFIGURATION||MAX PAYLOAD (LBS.)||MAX TOWING (LBS.)|
|3.5L V6 HO||1,520||11,100|
|3.5L V6 Hybrid||2,120||12,700|
|3.0L V6 Diesel||1,840||12,100|
Curb Weight: 4,069-5,684
Not yet tested
EPA FUEL ECONOMY
Not yet released